SAM immediate past president “very concerned” at access to diagnostic tests

Following the release today of a range of NHS performance data for May and June, including diagnostic waiting times, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“Clearly NHS performance across the board continues to be hugely affected by Covid-19, though we must also remember performance has been poor for a lot longer than that and questions need to be answered as to how we ensure the sustainable future of the service.

“We are very concerned about the growing crisis in accessing diagnostic tests, with the total number of patients waiting six weeks or more from referral for one of the 15 key tests at 571,500 – 58.5% of the total number of patients waiting – which is shocking given the target is 1%.”

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